This book prepares mental health professionals to conduct a thorough psychological assessment of individuals involved in immigration proceedings and present the results in a professional report. Written by a licensed clinical psychologist with input from an attorney certified in Immigration and Nationality Law, the book uses clear language that makes it accessible to experienced and novice therapists alike.
Chapters present a basic legal understanding of various types of immigration cases and detail the process of conducting the clinical interview, choosing the psychological instruments appropriate for each case, and writing the report. The book also covers practical considerations such as testifying in immigration court and expanding your practice to include immigration evaluations. Vignettes and sample reports link theory to real-world situations, drawing from the authors’ multiple years of combined experience.
This book is an essential guide for clinicians who want to assist the diverse and often disempowered population of immigrants and their families.
"Shibley and Holt, collaborating as psychologist and lawyer, have designed a tool which empowers mental health professionals to better assist their work with immigrants, their families, and counsel on a variety of immigration benefits, including cases in the immigration courts. Drawing from their personal experiences to give practical instruction, this book provides important advice to novice and seasoned professionals alike on best practices for working with clients and their attorneys."
-Allen Orr Jr., President, American Immigration Lawyers Association
"Psychological evaluations are extremely important for torture survivors who are asylum seekers in the U.S. immigration system. This book guides clinicians to develop valuable expertise when conducting these much-needed psychological evaluations. Caring, knowledgeable licensed mental health professionals who provide this specialized service find it not only rewarding but also life changing."
-Kathi Anderson, Executive Director - Survivors of Torture, International